Sleep Training with Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit

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After Walker's 4 month checkup, the pediatrician gave us the green light to start sleep training him. I was SO nervous to embark on this next step because it meant a lot of big changes--like moving him to the nursery in his crib *cue tears*--but the thing I was most nervous about was the transition out of a swaddle. Up until just a couple of weeks ago, it was necessary to wrap him up tight and rock him to sleep before gently placing him in the Rock n Play and carefully tip-toeing out of the room.

I first heard of the Magic Sleepsuit back while I was pregnant. A lot of my seasoned mama friends swore by it and it instantly popped into my head when Joel and I started to discuss our sleep training method. It arrived on my doorstep and I giggled as I tore open the package--it looked like a little marshmallow suit and I KNEW Walker was going to look adorably ridiculous in it.

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The suit was developed by a pediatric physical therapist after experimenting with ways to get her own baby to sleep. It's made out of soft, breathable layers of cotton and polyfil and is designed to muffle the moro (startle) reflex and provide just enough security and comfort to promote restful sleep (for both baby and parents!) It's basically a hug for your baby that soothes them and lasts all night!

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The first night I put Walker in the suit he slept 7 hours straight(!) He has NEVER slept that long of a stretch or through the night so I was immediately impressed, but still a little skeptical since he still fussed/cried as we worked through the Sleep Wave. The next night we put him in the suit with just his diaper on (he runs hot) at 9pm and he INSTANTLY fell asleep. Like, I'm talking I kissed him goodnight, shut the door and by the time I made it downstairs and turned on the monitor he was OUT. I looked at Joel and was like HOOOOLYYYY SHIT. He didn't wake again until 2:45am for a night feeding and then back down again until morning at 6am. I will say that I think he's still trying to figure out a "wake up" schedule because we've been putting him down at 9pm every night and he has woken up at 6/7/8 and 9am haha. Pick one, (preferably 8am) kid! He's also been going down for naps in the suit which have also gotten increasingly better than they were pre-sleepsuit.

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It's only been a couple of weeks but I think it's safe to say--IT WORKS. I am eternally grateful to Maureen and the rest of the Magic Sleepsuit team. They have been so incredibly helpful and personally invested throughout this process. I called them after the second day to express my concerns about how much Walker sweats in the suit, which was when they advised me to go ahead and try letting him sleep in just his diaper with it. They answered all of my questions and addressed my concern with in-depth knowledge I trust coming from another parent who has gone through my same experiences with sleep training.

Once he can start to roll over in the suit is when they recommend retiring it, but until then, I am going to relish and enjoy these restful nights! If you're interested in trying the sleepsuit yourself, I'm hosting a giveaway today over on my Instagram or if you simply can't wait and you need it now (I don't blame you) you can get 15% off the sleepsuit of your choice by entering LF15 at checkout.


Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit is a company that I’ve had the honor to partner with in exchange for a product review. Thoughts & opinions on this product are my own. I 100% stand behind the quality & use of this product, unless otherwise noted above.

Walker / 5 Months

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It's crazy how much can change in just one month's time. I was reading over last month's post and I talked a lot about the struggles we were having with Walker's sleep schedule. I can't even believe I'm typing this but as of a couple weeks, he is officially sleep trained (stay tuned for more on that process on Friday's post)!

I think the biggest lesson I've learned as a mom this month is that babies truly are such smart little creatures of habit and sometimes it's my own apprehensions that get in the way of progress. For example, I was SO worried Walker would have a hard time learning how to go to sleep in unswaddled and in his own crib and kept putting off sleep training, but honestly after just two rough nights of protest (him) and tears (me), he just got the hang of it and now he pretty much falls asleep as soon as he's put down in there. I realize this is subject to change without notice so we're getting all the welcome extra winks we can over here!

He is still refusing to roll over but I'm pretty persistent with tummy time so I know it's coming. I keep telling myself it's taking a while because he's such a chunk -- 17lbs was his last weigh-in at his 4 months wellness check; the doctor said he is the size of a 7mo old! Whoaaa. No wonder my lower back feels like it's constantly on fire. He is 79th percentile for weight and NINETY EIGHTH for height -- he's already 2 and a half feet long and his projected to be at least 6' as an adult (crazy how they can measure that now). I honestly don't know how we made such a solid child.

I'm excited to introduce solids to him in a couple of weeks! I'm partnering with a really great organic baby food company which I'll share more about next month, but I'm really looking forward to getting him started on some actual foods! I can't believe we're already at this stage. Also, not looking forward to what food is going to do to his poops hahaha.

Things he loves this month: babbling/squeaking to anyone who will listen, going for walks in the stroller, playing burrito baby (a game they made up) with dad<3, reaching up and grabbing toys/faces, sitting up and balancing himself to stay upright, facing forward when being held so he can look at ALL THE THINGS, when you blow on him, playing patty cake and laughing after a particularly loud fart.

Walker / 4 Months

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Here I am again, getting to his 4-month write-up halfway to his fifth month haha #momoftheyear I feel like this month has been the craziest (will probably say that every month now). He's learning and GROWING SO much. His next checkup is on Monday and I'm lightweight scared to find out how much more he actually weighs. Any guesses?? I say at least 18lbs, not even kidding. It's not even that he is so much "fat" but he's just so...solid?

He is so close to rolling over from his tummy onto his back and I whip my phone out to record every time I think he's finally about to tip all the way over, but no dice. I mean I can't really blame him with his big ol' noggin' that probably takes up half his body weight. He's grabbing at e v e r y t h i n g including my hair (ouch), face (*melts*) and feet. He LOVES to suck on his toes. Joke's on you, kid -- your toe jam struggle is REAL.

It's so fun to see bits and pieces of his own personality shine through now. He definitely likes to let me know when he's had enough of anything -- milk, tummy time, my singing (hahaha). He stops and makes this face where he furrows his brow and stares at me like, "are you serious, mom?"

Every month there's something new that makes me think, "Well I wish someone would have told me that" and this month it's more of -- you guessed it -- sleep-related stuff. Walker is almost 5 months and still takes sometimes five naps a day and sleeps swaddled. He just officially outgrew the Rock n Play and we're moving his crib into our room ASAP and starting to sleep train soon. I'm sure we're in for a few rough weeks but I'm hoping he transitions smoothly (plz pray 4 us).

More things he loves: playtime with dad (its my favorite watching them), the Hungry Caterpillar book we read every night before bed, taking a shower with mom (SO much easier than a sink bath. I just wear a t-shirt so he doesn't slip around), playing patty-cake and listening to Raffi (still).

I love this sweet boy of mine and I look forward to month 5 which everyone says is one of the best of the first year!

Friday Favorites

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O N E / Now that I'm a WAHM my biggest focus this year is to be wayyy better at my finances. This article is just what I needed to jumpstart that mindset.

T W O / One of my favorite blogging ladies has her own line of furniture at Target now and I'm OBSESSED!

T H R E E / A few cute thangs on my wishlist: this henley top / these pink trainers / this scallop sports bra and this cardi.

F O U R / Wanna get away? My friend Ashlee has some great tips on taking a solo retreat. Ps; stay tuned for a related announcement VERY soon...

F I V E / Really digging this DIY all-purpose rose beauty balm. Sounds so amazing!

Surviving the 4th Trimester

Photo by Ashlee Gadd

Photo by Ashlee Gadd

There's a reason why the first three months postpartum are referred to as "the 4th trimester." It is the most exhausting, exciting time of your life. You spent almost a whole year creating this little person and now they're finally here. And they're cute af. But also, needy af. I'm talking can't-pee-with-the door-closed, forever-cold-coffee-drinking, barely-sleep-a-wink type of commitment. I wanted to share a few ways I learned how to survive the fourth trimester as a first time mom.

Y O U R  P A R T N E R / Before Walker was even here, I thanked my lucky stars for Joel. I 100% cannot imagine doing life, let alone parenting, without him. From the second those two blue lines appeared on that stick you peed on to the monumental moment your baby is placed on your chest, both of your lives are forever changed so it's important to remember to lean on each other. Communication has never been as important in your relationship as it is now that you're both equally responsible for another human life. As a mom, ask for help when you need it--in other words, don't wait for them to have to ask because by that point you're usually resentful. It's going to be challenging, especially those first few weeks but as long as you talk to each other and work as a team it will get easier! Come up with a schedule that works for you guys. For example, since Joel works most nights I am on solo mama duty through the night and then when Walker wakes up in the morning I feed him, change his diaper and then Joel takes over until the first nap so that I can get some extra Zzz's in. Also, DATE NIGHT. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant but be sure to continue to cultivate your relationship--after all, that's what got you here in the first place :)

G I R L F R I E N D S / Of both the mom and non-mom variety. Fellow mamas are great for obvious reasons. They’re right there in the trenches with you. But don’t forget about your other girlfriends too. They may not feel as relatable as they once were during that season of life when you were out at the bars together until last call but continue to cultivate your relationships with these friends because they will keep you grounded and help you remember your identity outside of being a parent.

G E T  I T  D E L I V E R E D / I did not want to go ANY where after having the baby. Not only was I suddenly terrified of the outside world and convinced the air alone would harm my child, but I was simply too exhausted to go anywhere. With the help of amazing 21st-century advancements such as Postmates, Amazon Prime and Instacart, I didn't end up starving to death or forced to deal with the hassle of taking a newborn to the grocery store (that came later tho).

M E  T I M E / Something I didn't anticipate was just how not myself I'd feel after having a baby. I mean, I knew I was going to feel different but I did (and still do) struggle with my new identity. Something I found helped a lot was getting away--even if just for an hour--to be alone and do something for myself. For me, it was going to get my nails done. For that hour and a half of a mani/pedi I was blissfully pampered and came back relaxed + refreshed which is a win for everyone, really.

M U S T - H A V E S / These are just a few things/products we found really helped us get through the first few intense weeks. In fact, many of them we still use and I know will continue to be a part of our regular rotation for awhile.

Dockatot x White Noise Machine x Gripe Water x Hand + Face Wipes x Silverette Cups x Nose Frida x Rock N' Play x Dry Shampoo x Breast Pump